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In Memoriam

of HUGH DAVIES  1943-2005



The Improvisor pays respects for the recent loss of
the great English electronic musician/instrument builder/scholar
and innovator HUGH DAVIES (1943-2005).

From David Toop:

"Sad news: Hugh Davies died on the 1st January, 2005. Born in 1943, Hugh was a pioneer of live electronic music, an inventor of musical
instruments, a composer, educator, and renowned researcher into the
history of electronic music. An assistant to Karlheinz Stockhausen from 1964 to 1966, he participated in the recording of Stockhausen's
Mikrophonie I in 1965. Other recordings included wonderful LPs by Music Improvisation Company (with Derek Bailey and Evan Parker) and Gentle Fire, and his solo albums for FMP and Grob. Anybody involved in live electronics, electronic improvisation, hardware hacking, or, come to that, anybody who needs a table in order to be able to perform, owes a debt to Hugh. He will be sadly missed."

Hugh is also heard on a recording session with the USA group BORBETOMAGUS.  There's much to be explored from what he left us.
You can find the works of Hugh Davies at